Trust and Beneficiary Disputes

With particular expertise in trusts, Sinels advise high-net-worth individuals on the intricacies of trust law.

When there are breaches of trust, Sinels has decades of successful experience in resolving disputes between beneficiaries, settlors and trustees. We have obtained numerous multi-million pound settlements against defaulting trustees. We have also extricated trustees from difficult and potentially hazardous situations.

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Our Trust Services

Enforcing Beneficiary Rights

Trustees may at times through inefficiency or avoidance for more sinister reasons, fail to perform their duties towards the beneficiaries of a trust. Misapplication of funds and investment failures are at the top of the list. Beneficiaries who have regularly requested and been denied proper accounting reports find in Sinels an experienced team determined to enforce their rights. We have successfully recovered tens of millions of pounds for disaffected beneficiaries.

Trust Disputes

Sinels are specialists in trust law and litigation, meeting the needs of our private and corporate clients from simple maladministration to breaches of trust and fraud.

Supporting Legitimate Actions by bona fide Trustees

Trustees faced with complex trusts and fractious families can face a perilous task with the potential for personal liability for making the wrong decision. Sinels provides advice at an early stage on how to avoid being sued. Sinels is able to support through the mechanism of an application for the advice or direction of the court. Should an application for directions be accepted by the court, it can insulate the trustees from liability.

Removal and Retirement of Trustees

In extraordinary circumstances, it is necessary and appropriate to remove a trustee from its position. Most trust deeds have some written provisions to guide the process for both retiring and replacing trustees, however, there are other circumstances where the trustee needs to be removed by legal action or the threat of legal action. Sinels has decades of experience in removing and replacing trustees, often against their wishes.